Mountain View Regional Hospital and Clinic announced today that it has
implemented The American Orthopaedic Association’s Own the Bone®
Program. The program is aimed to better identify, evaluate and treat patients
that suffer from an osteoporosis or low bone density-related fracture.
The program brings attention to the severe health implications of fragility
fractures (broken bones that result from a fall from standing height or
less) and the multi-faceted approach hospitals or clinics can incorporate
to ensure these patients receive the most comprehensive care.
As the “First in the State of Wyoming” to implement this vital
program, Mountain View Regional Hospital & Clinic plays an important
role as a leader in Wyoming and nationally in providing improved patient
care in bone health.
According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF), up to 50% of all
women and 25% of men over the age of 50 years will sustain a fragility
fracture. Studies show that patients who have had a fragility fracture
are 2 to 4 times more likely to experience another fracture than those
who have never had a fracture. Yet, 80% of Medicare patients do not receive
recommended osteoporosis care following a fragility fracture.
Mountain View Regional Hospital & Clinic is one of over 100 health
care institutions nationwide that has taken initiative to ensure its osteoporotic
fracture patients receive the treatment and care they deserve. Through
the Own the Bone program and its national web-based quality improvement
registry, Mountain View Regional Hospital & Clinic have been provided
with the tools to establish a fracture liaison service (FLS) and to document,
track and benchmark care of fragility fracture patients. Through an FLS
program, a care coordinator, such as a nurse or physician’s assistant,
ensures that fragility fracture patients are identified, evaluated and
treated. Mountain View Regional Hospital & Clinic have also incorporated
Own the Bone’s 10 prevention measures to improve patient care, including:
nutrition, physical activity, and lifestyle counseling; pharmacotherapy
recommendation and initiation (when appropriate); bone mineral density
testing recommendation and initiation; and communication regarding patient
risk factors and recommendations via physician referral and patient education
letters. “We are excited to improve bone health both in Casper and
the Big Horn Basin by educating the public and partnering with the local
hospitals, physicians, and physical therapists”, says program coordinator,
Mary Phillips, ONP-C, of Mountain View Clinic in Cody.
By simply entering information in the web-based registry, improvements
in patient care can be documented, tracked and quantified. “This
will give us the important information we need to determine how well we
are doing in secondary fracture prevention”, says Phillips.
“The Own the Bone program grew from the AOA's recognition that
more attention needed to be directed at preventing future fractures in
patients in addition to treating the orthopedic consequences of the current
fracture. The program provides hospitals, practices and physicians an
easy tool to ensure that proper screening, education, and medical treatments
are a continuation of acute fragility fracture care,” said Scott
D. Boden, MD, President of The American Orthopaedic Association.